Diego Luna and Alfredo Castro, awarded in Guadalajara

Guadalajara (Mexico) (EFE).- Actors Diego Luna and Alfredo Castro received tributes for their careers at the closing of the 39th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (western Mexico), in a ceremony marked by political speeches against Governments of Israel and Argentina.

Upon receiving the silver Mayahuel Award for his career as an actor, director and producer, Mexican Diego Luna stated that the film community in his country has made him put his feet on the ground to advance his international career.
He recalled the importance of cinema to show diversity in a polarized world.

“At this moment in which we are living, where the world is experiencing brutal polarization and it seems that there is no room for nuances, a festival like the one in Guadalajara shows us that yes, we can have different beliefs or political commitments,” he declared. .

Request for peace from Guadalajara

The Chilean actor Alfredo Castro received the Ibero-American Mayahuel Tribute with the demand for peace for the Palestinian people and the repudiation of what he described as genocide by Israel.

Chilean actor and theater director Alfredo Castro receives the Mayahuel Ibero-American award this Saturday, during the closing ceremony of the 39th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) in Jalisco (Mexico). EFE/Francisco Guasco

“I cannot help but express my repudiation of the genocide of the Israeli Army against the Palestinian people. (…) In front of you I ask for humanity, respect and peace for the Palestinian people,” he expressed, provoking applause from the public.

‘Pedágio’, winner of the festival

During the closing gala, the Brazilian film ‘Pedágio’, by director Carolina Markowicz, was the top winner of the festival, taking home the awards for Best Ibero-American Fiction Feature Film, Best Performance for actress Maeve Jinkings and the Maguey for Best Film of sexual diversity cinema.

The award for Best Ibero-American Documentary Feature Film went to the Chilean film ‘The Fabulous Machine of Harvesting Gold’, by director Alfredo Pourailly, which also won the Prize from the Federation of Image and Sound Schools of Latin America.

The Mexican actor and film director Diego Luna receives the Mayahuel de Plata award for lifetime achievement this Saturday, during the closing ceremony of the 39th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) in Jalisco (Mexico). EFE/Francisco Guasco

The awards section for Ibero-American cinema had speeches rejecting the anti-cinema policies of the Argentine president, Javier Milei, and a poster with the legend ‘Fuera Milei’.

The Mezcal Award for Best Mexican Film went to the fiction ‘No nos moverán’, by director Pierre Saint-Martin, which also won the Audience Award.

The festival lowered the curtain with the screening of the film ‘Kind of Kindness’, by director Yorgos Lanthimos, in a premiere for Mexico.

 
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